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The US-CERT Current Activity web page is a regularly updated summary of the most frequent, high-impact types of security incidents currently being reported to the US-CERT.

OPM Identity-Protection Phishing Campaigns

US-CERT is aware of suspicious domain names that may be used in phishing campaigns masquerading as official communication from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) or the identity protection firm CSID. Https://opm.csid.com is the legitimate domain used by CSID, which is responsible for identity protection services for those affected by the recent data breach.

US-CERT recommends that users visit the OPM website for more information. Users are also encouraged to read US-CERT's guidance on avoiding social engineering and phishing attacks and report suspicious emails.

Cisco Releases Security Updates

Cisco has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Web Security Virtual Appliance (WSAv), Email Security Virtual Appliance (ESAv), and Content Security Management Virtual Appliance (SMAv) software. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of the affected appliance.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Cisco Security Advisory and apply the necessary updates.

Fraud Alert Issued on Business Email Compromise Scam

The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and federal law enforcement agencies have released a joint alert warning companies of a sophisticated wire payment scam referred to as business email compromise (BEC). Scammers use fraudulent information to trick companies into directing financial transactions into accounts scammers control.  

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the BEC Joint Report for details and refer to the US-CERT Tip ST04-014 for information on social engineering and phishing attacks.

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